Friday, March 30, 2012
About the Book
Lucy Marsh's worldly resources are running out, but she's fiercely determined to care for her younger brother and sister. When she discovers that their father's recent death was no accident, Lucy is eager to leave town. She accepts a proxy marriage she believes will provide safe refuge. But trouble follows her to Texas where her new husband is surprised to suddenly have a wife and children to care for.
Nate Stanton always hoped he'd marry someday, but running the family ranch meant he had no time for romance. When his father deposits Lucy Marsh—a city girl—on his doorstep, with two siblings in the bargain, he expects ranch life will send her running on the first train out of town. But Lucy is made of tougher stuff than Nate imagined. When danger moves in, Nate finds he'd give anything to protect Lucy and the children he's grown to love. Even if it means giving up his ranch.
Blue Moon Promise is a story of hope, romance, and suspense . . . immersing the reader in a rich historical tale set under Texas stars.
Review by Rebecca Maney
Just the mention of Texas screams adventure. The lure of star-filled nights, cacophonies of wild life and wide open spaces (not to mention tall, handsome cowboys) spark the sense of pioneer in just about every reader.
But imagine arriving in this western paradise under a marriage-by-contract; bringing along two young siblings only to be shunned by a handsome stranger who happens to be your husband. This is exactly the predicament that Lucy Marsh finds herself in when she arrives at Stars Above Ranch with a father-in-law who has actually deceived both his son and new daughter-in-law with secrets of his own. Lucy felt that she had no choice; following the death of her father, the sole responsibility of raising her brother and sister fell upon her shoulders. At the point of destitution and stalked by shadows of her father’s past, Lucy determines to prove herself to her new husband and family, only to discover that trouble has followed her to Texas.
Lucy and Nate soon realize that their initial shock over an arranged marriage has transformed into a fragile, tender friendship. Each acknowledges inwardly that they want to move the relationship forward. Nate loves coming home to a warm, clean house, excellent cooking, a ready-made family and a wife that intrigues him; Lucy has fallen in love with her once-gruff, now protective and very loyal husband. On the banks of the Red River, they give themselves a “blue moon promise”; that when the moon turns “blue”, (the third moon in a quarter when there are four full moons in a season; really???) they will decide if their marriage is strong enough to fully consummate. Little do they know, that promise will be severely tested. Family feuds, stolen treasure, lost land deeds, and a near-brush with death from a snake bite; all contribute to building the foundation of a long-lasting relationship.
Admittedly, Blue Moon Promise lacks the well-crafted story lines that Coble is so well known for in her previous series; the plot is a little too predictable and the dialogue is stilted and awkward through-out. But I have full confidence that as this author digs into the series and endears herself to the setting and her characters that the ensuing books will be the quality that we all associate with Colleen Coble. However, she does a wonderful job of unraveling many spiritual struggles that are universal to her readers. Our human pride and desire to prove our self-worth, a hesitancy to trust in the people who love us the most and our deep hurt when those we trust betray us; the reminder that marriage is a relationship that must be built on friendship and determination in addition to unconditional love; these are all topics that Coble beautifully dissects and re-builds through-out the pages of a Blue Moon Promise. Loving and trusting a God who is worthy of our praise; there are reminders everywhere in Blue Moon Promise.
Have you read Blue Moon Promise? If so, we would love for you to share your thoughts!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Thanks, Anne, I appreciate the invitation to visit with you and your readers on your blog today. Here’s a little about me. I’m originally from Oregon, but have lived in New Jersey for the last 23 years. Scott and I have been married for 34 years. We have five children and 3 grandchildren. I homeschooled my children for a number of years, and as they graduated I had more time for writing. My first book was published in 2005, and I’ve had nine novels and novellas published since then.
What do you feel is the most challenging aspect in writing?
One of the most challenging skills a writer needs to learn is to silence the internal editor that slows you down and questions every word and sentence. Turning her off helps your creativity flow. You can write more quickly and your unique writer’s voice appears on the page.
Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?
For me, the ideas and characters simmer together at the same time. I like to use resources from My Book Therapy (Susan May Warren) and Michael Hague to create my characters and plot. Both of these teachers encourage you to work on your characters and plot at the same time, step by step.
Is there a message in your novel you want readers to grasp?
In A Man To Trust, the heroine, Adrie Chandler, is trying to decide what’s more important to her in life. She has spent years training as a classical musician and wants to play her flute professionally with a symphony, but when the opportunity finally arrives, she’s not sure she should follow through on that dream. I hope readers will identify with Adrie’s desire to find God’s will and discern how to best use their gifts and talents. I also hope they’ll see how trusting God and forgiving hurts in the past can help build trust and stronger relationships in the present.
Is there a particular Bible verse that has helped you through a difficult time?
I love the Psalms. That’s where I usually run for comfort and guidance when I am facing a difficult time. Psalm 46 has been very meaningful to me: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” He doesn’t promise to just send us help and strength, he says He IS our refuge and strength, and He is always available to help us. That is so comforting!
Who would you pick to play the lead roles if this book was made into a movie?
If A Man To Trust were made into a movie, I’d choose Jim Caviezel to play Ross Peterson, and Amy Adams to play Adrie Chandler.
Do you have any writing habits that people might find unusual?
One of my most creative times is when I am just waking up. I like to stay in bed for a few minutes and think about my story and what comes next. Going for a walk is also another way I can think through a scene and figure out what to do when I feel stuck.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Hobbies?
I enjoy reading and watching movies. In the warmer weather I like to work in my flower gardens and spend time outdoors. Cooking for friends and family is fun for me. And I love to arrange flowers for weddings and special events. I’ve done the flowers for two of my children’s weddings. It was a lot of work, but very rewarding to be able to use my gifts to bless them and give them beautiful flowers for their special day.
How do you choose a title?
I usually brainstorm a long list of words that relate to the story and then group them together and switch them around. My editor always makes the final choice and chooses from the list and sometimes comes up with something completely different. Of my ten books, only two have the original titles I chose. All the rest were chosen by my editors.
Do you use character charts? How about photos of real people to inspire a character?
Yes, I use character charts to help me get the facts down about my hero and heroine. I also like to use The Book Buddy, by Susan May Warren, to help me answer key questions about my characters and plot. I like to find photos for each of my main characters. I created a Pinterest board for my characters and setting for A Man To Trust. You can take a look here: http://pinterest.com/carrieturansky/a-man-to-trust/
Can you give us a sneak peek into what book you are working on right now? When does it release?
A Man To Trust is the second book in The Bayside Treasure Series. The first is Seeking His Love. The third book is Snowflake Sweethearts. It will release in late November 2012, and is a sweet holiday romance. Each of these books features a group of four senior-age friends known as The Bayside Treasures. They love to get together each week to play Scrabble, share the latest news and work on matchmaking plans for their younger friends and relatives. They are great prayer warriors too. In Snowflake Sweethearts they hope to match Irene’s grandson Alex with Annie, a young single mother with a five year-old daughter who is a personal chef.
Where can readers find you on the Internet?
I love to connect with readers on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and through my website: www.carrieturansky.com. I offer an email newsletter every other month with book news, recipes, encouraging articles, book recommendations, and more. The signup is on my website.
I’d be happy to give away a paper book or eBook to any US resident, or a PDF to read on an eReader to anyone outside the US.
Thank you for all the insights into your writing experience, and for sharing some favorite activities with us, Carrie!
I read A Man to Trust and thoroughly enjoyed the story of Adrie and Ross. The tension between the two was just right. He's flirty and she's a little reserved, which is what makes this one such fun!
I thought Adrie's desire to make sure she made the correct decision about her future and her hesitancy to trust Ross was presented in realistic fashion. After all, he's a new believer and a girl can't be too careful. Right?
Thankfully, she learns to trust him because he lives his new found faith and proves to be a trustworthy friend.
Biblical truth is woven beautifully throughout.
I'd never actually finished a Love Inspired book until A Man to trust. The only thing that would have made it better is if it was longer J
Carrie is offering a print book or eBook to any US resident, or a PDF to an International reader! Leave a comment to be entered! Giveaway ends on April 3rd!
Feel free to ask Carrie some questions! She is happy to interact with us :)
Friday, March 23, 2012
I won a copy of the My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software in a giveaway from the lovely Diane Estrella, and am looking forward to many happy hours learning the digital side of scrapbooking! If you're interested, just use the coupon code in the right sidebar for $10.00 off!
For my first attempt, I didn't think I did too bad considering I didn't realize there was this really cool thing called "shadow". A couple of the ladies on the My Memories Facebook Page suggested it. I thought it looked kind of flat :/
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
CONGRATULATIONS GOES TO...
LORAINE OLIVER - Dawn Comes Early WINNER!
INGRID STUKEY- Deliver Me from Evil/Special Delivery – WINNER #1
MELISSA FINNEGAN – Deliver Me from Evil/Special Delivery – WINNER #2
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Monday, March 19, 2012
You never know when I might play a wild card on you!
***Special thanks to Karri | Marketing Assistant | Harvest House Publishers for sending me a review copy.***
Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She has been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books' Best Seller award. In 2000, Lori was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance, and their three children and five grandchildren.
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Virginia Smith is the author of more than a dozen inspirational novels and more than fifty articles and short stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense.
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An exciting new Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith weaves an entertaining and romantic tale for devoted fans and new readers.
Kansas,1881—On a trip to visit relatives, Emma Switzer’s Amish family is robbed of all their possessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking into the nearest trading settlement, they pray to the Lord for someone to help. When a man lands in the dust at her feet, Emma looks down at him and thinks, The Lord might have cleaned him up first.
Luke Carson, heading up his first cattle drive, is not planning on being the answer to anyone’s prayers, but it looks as though God has something else in mind for this kind and gentle man. Plain and rugged—do the two mix? And what happens when a dedicated Amish woman and a stubborn trail boss prove to be each other’s match?
List Price: $13.99
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (March 1, 2012)
AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The last time I read an historical fiction book with Irish characters that made an impression on me was BJ Hoff's Emerald Ballad series. I was certain I would never again read a story that would embed itself in the recesses of my mind like that one...until now!
I won A Passion Most Pure months ago in a drawing at Overcoming Through Time-With God's Help. Yes, I am ashamed to say it really was months ago. In my confused mind, and I can only contribute the delay to that, I convinced myself I didn't have time to read it because I had other books that took priority.“Official” ones that I needed to read for review purposes. Well, let me say I will never delay again when I have one of Julie's books in my hands! She is the most passionate writer about Christ and His love for us that I have ever read!!!
In A Passion Most Pure, the complexity of characterization is phenomenal, the depth of spiritual and emotional insight extraordinary. I was so lost in this story that I finished it in 2 days. That's 477 pages of intense passion, and I don't mean just that kind of passion. These characters are Irish. Seriously Irish and seriously passionate about everything. A roller coaster ride of emotions - love, joy, anger, sorrow, love, hate, forgiveness, grief - did I mention love yet?
My mind is still reeling! I saw myself in so many ways, in so many of these characters. If you manage to read this book and it doesn't prompt you to pick up a bible, driving you to the feet of the One who loves you with the utmost passion, then you need to read this book again!
Thank you, Julie for your passion for God and communicating His love for us! I didn't have to write this review, but for those of you who have read Julie's books, you know you can't help BUT tell others how awesome they are! I know I didn't discuss the individual characters but to me the book is a whole unit and words are almost not enough :)
You can order your own copy at Amazon or CBD.
Kelly Jacobs has already paid the ultimate price of loving a warrior; she has the folded flag and the grateful thanks of a nation to prove it. Navy SEAL Joe (Bear) Baker cannot ask her to accept that risk again--even though he loves her. But the man responsible for her husband's death is back; closer than either of them realize. Kelly is in danger, and Joe may not get there in time.
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Read an excerpt from Tyndale House.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a Southern gentleman with a thirst for adventure. Both need a place to call home.
After losing her husband in the Civil War, Carrie Daly is scared she will never have the family she longs for. Eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, but Carrie has found love. Not the weak-in-the-knees kind, but something practical. Still, she isn't quite ready to set a wedding date with Nate Chastain.
Griff Rutledge is a former member of Charleston society, but has been estranged from his family for years. He’s determined to remain unattached, never settling in one place for too long. But when asked to train a Thoroughbred for an upcoming race in Hickory Ridge, he decides to stay awhile.
Despite objections from the townsfolk, and her fear that true happiness has eluded her, Carrie is drawn to Griff's kindness and charm. It will take a leap of faith for them to open their hearts and claim God's promise to give beauty for ashes.
Beauty for Ashes is a story of hardship and loyalty. Siblings Henry and Carrie have been dependent on each other for a number of years, holding the family farm together after the death of their parents, and Carrie's husband. It works well for them, even if life is not as exciting as she wishes it could be.
Shortly after the story opens, Henry is getting married to Mary, a widow with two young sons. Both boys are extremely rude and disrespectful towards Carrie. Needless to say, since they are all living in the same home, this causes some serious problems between the three adults.
Griff Rutledge is old money from Charleston, and has no plans to settle down in any town, any time soon. He's a wanderer. You know what that means. When he meets Carrie he decides he might need to hang around a while. It helps that he's asked to train a beautiful piece of horse flesh for a race that will rival the new Kentucky Derby. A race that will hopefully bring new people and growth to Hickory Ridge.
Due to the authors word artistry in describing the area, I had no problems visualizing the scenes but the pacing of this drama was too slow for me. On several occasions I found myself putting it down to do something else. It lacked the level of excitement that I prefer in my reading material. However, if you like an unhurried pace then this book will appeal to you. It does have some interesting historical details that will intrigue most historical fiction fans. I also think the cover is lovely and does a good job conveying the essence of the book.
BookSneeze provided a copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review, just my honest opinion of the book, which I have done.
You can purchase Dorothy Love's books at Amazon, CBD, or Thomas Nelson. (also available as an Ebook)
I'm giving away my copy. Leave a comment* to be entered. Ends March 22nd. Continental US Only!
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Coming Fall 2012. Sophie Robillard Caldwell has spent a lifetime guarding her heart.... and a life changing secret. Hoping to follow in the footsteps of the newspaperwomen she has come to admire, she returns to Hickory Ridge from Texas to revive the local paper, the Gazette. Ethan Heyward, son of a Georgia planter has come to town to build and manage Blue Smoke, a luxury resort soon to open at the top of Hickory Ridge. He, too, is harboring a secret too painful to share with anyone...even Sophie.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Images are mine. Please don't take them without asking. Not that anyone would want them. I'm just sayin'.
It turns out God was and Margaret did. She now has more than 20 novels to her credit. In addition, she's written many Christian articles and a non-fiction book. Still, it took a lot of prodding from God before Margaret tried her hand at writing inspirational fiction which led to her Rocky Creek series. "I love writing about characters at different stages of faith," she says of the new direction her writing career has taken, "and I'm here to stay."
Happily married to her real-life hero, Margaret and her husband live in Southern California.
She meets up with trouble the minute she steps into town thanks to Cactus Joe, the resident outlaw. Luke Adams comes to her rescue but it’s clear from the start that he and Kate are from two different worlds; she’s a college educated woman and he’s “just a blacksmith.” He doesn’t know what she’s talking about half the time.
Morning came too early for me after staying up into the wee hours to finish this fascinating new book.
Kate Tenney comes to Arizona Territory after answering an advertisement seeking an heir for a ranch owner. She is a city girl and former dime novelist who has romanticized the west in her mind and finds out quickly, as soon as she gets there, in fact, that it is nothing like she thought it was going to be. Faced with an outlaw from the get go, Kate is thrown into the wild and wonderful world of western life.
Luke Adams is the local blacksmith. He’s a hardworking, not too formally educated but oh so lovable kind of man. He ends up rescuing that crazy city girl Kate from numerous situations. He falls for her pretty early on but doesn’t think he’s smart enough for a woman like her because she uses big words when she talks. Their romance was so much fun to watch with some exceptional scenes that would look good on the big screen!
The main aspect that kept me so engaged while reading this book was how well I got to know each and every character. From Miss Walker, the unusual owner of Last Chance Ranch, to the seasoned ranch hands and Luke’s charming, matchmaking aunts, I was held captive by the depth of characterization and humor! There was no glossing over anyone’s importance to the story at all. I loved that! I genuinely felt like I was seeing into each person’s life-their hopes and dreams, fears and heartaches, failures and accomplishments-and I laughed out loud, often!
There are a few scenes in the book when Kate reads to the ranch hands from one of her dime novels and all I can say is – they are priceless! I woke my husband from a sound slumber with my laughter. It’s during that scene and a few that follow, that I fell in love with all the cowpokes and knew they would champion Kate in her determination to conquer the challenge of learning ranch life.
I can’t wait until the next book! Margaret’s writing plunges me into the depths of the storyline with exceptional humor embedded throughout. Containing a strong spiritual thread, I never felt like I was being hit over the head with it. It’s just a natural part of who the characters are.
Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the Brides of Last Chance Ranch series! I want to thank Margaret Brownley for asking me to be an influencer once again and providing an Advanced Reader Copy for review purposes.